ABOUT JOSH: PHOTOGRAPHY, WRITING, MARKETING & PUBLIC
Hardin is a Colorado native and resident whose lifelong interest
in photography began while using a Kodak 110 film camera to
document his childhood family hiking trips around
Colorado and the national parks of the western
United States. Joshua
studied black and white darkroom photography in high school and
later worked as a manager at a chain of professional one hour
photo lab stores in the Loveland/Fort Collins region. While
attending Colorado State University he was editor of CSU’s student newspaper
The Rocky Mountain
Collegian. After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism he
worked for a year as a reporter and photographer for The BVI
Beacon, a newspaper in the British Virgin Islands.
Upon returning to Colorado, Joshua worked as the staff
photographer for Regis University in Denver from 2004 to 2009
while earning a master’s degree in business administration with a
marketing emphasis there. In 2010, he published the mass-market
Colorado that featured a retrospective of his
favorite landscape and wildlife photos from the across the state.
Recently, Josh became the founding staff photographer for
Colorado Life Magazine, a lifestyle publication covering
stories about the state's nature, adventure attractions, history
and colorful characters.
Joshua’s work has also been published by
The Denver Post, Outdoor
Photographer Magazine, The Colorado Press Association and
many other publications. He
owns Viewfinder Media, a company devoted to nature and
travel photography, publishing and workshops for photographers and
Today, Josh still spends an extensive amount of time exploring and
photographing his home state of Colorado and other western
Contact Viewfinder Media for
your nature and travel photography or writing needs now!
SUMMARY OF SKILLS
- Proficient in PC and Mac programs:
Adobe Creative Suite 6 (Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver, etc.),
Adobe Lightroom, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint,
Outlook, etc.), Quark XPress and Camtasia Studio.
- Accomplished visual design
professional with more than 15 years of
photography experience using Nikon, Canon and Pentax digital
cameras as well as 35mm and 4x5 film cameras.
- Knowledgeable of marketing research,
strategic planning, e-marketing and search engine optimization
- Experienced with social media
applications including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and
- Adept at writing news stories,
features, press releases,
internal communications, brochures and other
- Outgoing, friendly personality
proficient at speaking to classrooms, workshops, presentations
and on television.
ACTIVITIES & AWARDS
Mountain Nature Photographers. Forum
Moderator. November 2011 - Present.
Collins Digital Workshop. Instructor. May
2011 - Present.
- North American Nature Photographer's
Association member. Attended 2009 Annual Summit in
- Colorado State University Alumni
Media Festival: 2013 Cammy Grande (photo editing) and Cammy
(writing) Awards, 2011 Cammy Grande (book design) Award, 2009
Certificate of Merit (nature photo portfolio).
- Outdoor Photographer Magazine,
Nature's Colors Contest: Honorable Mention. February 2009.
- Company Magazine's "The Ignatian View"
6th Photo Contest: Second place, professional (Summer 2008).
5th Photo Contest: Two honorable mention awards, professional (Summer
- Photographed Regis University’s “In
Good Company” campaign. 2006 American Marketing Association
Admissions Advertising Awards: newspaper ad (bronze), direct
mail ad (bronze) and total ad campaign (merit).
- Mesa Verde National Park Centennial
Celebration Photo Workshop III, October 2006 attendee.
- The Fund for American Studies
Institute on Political Journalism, Georgetown University, 2002
- Society of Professional Journalists
2002 Region IX Mark of Excellence Awards: first place news
reporting (third place nationally), third place sports
photography. 2001: first place feature photography,
third place spot news photography and honorable mention opinion
- Columbia University 2001 Gold Circle
Award: Certificate of merit, newspaper photo layout about
Colorado residents' reaction to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
- Named Best Photographer at The Rocky
Mountain Collegian, Fall 2001. Participated in the
Great Colorado Shootout photo workshop at Colorado State
EXHIBITIONS & PUBLISHED WORK
- The Center for Fine Art Photography,
Fort Collins, CO: "Art in Nature." October 21 - November 26,
- Great Sand Dunes National Park
Visitors Center, Alamosa, CO: "RMNP Photographers." February
- Downtown Aquarium/Gallery Photo
Martini Club, Tennyson Art District, Denver: "After Hours."
- Reed Photo Art Gallery, Santa Fe Art
District & Gallery Photo Martini Club, Denver: "Ullr."
- Bentwave Gallery, Tennyson Art
District, Denver: "Nature Photography." December 7, 2007 -
January 31, 2008.
- Dayton Memorial Library, Regis
University: "Colorado Native" (Solo). December 3, 2007 - January
- Curfman Gallery, Lory Student Center,
Colorado State University: "Collegian Photographers." March
Browse photographs taken by Josh on breaking and
feature news assignments, during sporting events and for clients
in the higher education and travel industries.
Publication Photography Examples:
Colorado Life & Nebraska
Life Magazines (Estes Park, Colorado / Norfolk, Nebraska):
Regis University (Denver,
Writing & Page Design
Click on the thumbnail or the headline to view a clip. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required.
Colorado Life Magazine
(Estes Park, Colorado):
11 Colorado ghost towns
Finding heaven along the Devil's Backbone
trees and the sculptor who gave them life
The BVI Beacon (British Virgin Islands):
A son is buried as search for killer continues
Confusion rules court assizes
Corruption trial ends in guilty pleas
Bad air at government building sickens servants
Controversial beach constructed at
The Rocky Mountain Collegian (Fort
The peak of Colorado color
1976 Big Thompson Flood
Colorado reacts to the Sept. 11 terrorist
attacks (photo essay design)
Of wolf and man (photo essay about Wolves
Offered Life & Friendship)
Exclusive long form
essay version of the WOLF Sanctuary story
Century-old time capsule opened
Colorado mourns Sept. 11 with country on
one year anniversary
Olympic torch blazes through Colorado State
Loveland continues Valentine
Vice President Cheney discusses Iraq at
Suspect arrested in string of Fort Collins/Philadelphia sexual
New seaplanes coming to the BVI
New Belgium's first Tour de Fat brews fun
The Haven (BVI Property Guide)
Corn maze grows patriotism